Travel nurses don’t really get a lot of mercy when it comes to scheduling. Charlie and many of our friends are working on Thanksgiving Day, so we had to find another day to celebrate. After all, though we’re far from our families and friends, we have a lot to e thankful for here! With that in mind, we had our own Friendsgiving this past Friday with Joe, Nicola and Jessica. It was so nice to sit around a table of good food, talking with good friends – it definitely felt special like Thanksgiving should!
Dinner was at our apartment, and everyone brought something delicious to contribute. It was really fun for Charlie and I to roast our first Thanksgiving turkey, and I made cranberry sauce as well.
Nicola brought over some delicious sweet potatoes, corn casserole and mashed potatoes. I had to practically sit on my hands not to eat all those mashed potatoes by myself! We topped it all off with warm crescent rolls, and apple pie bars a la mode for dessert. Everyone left happy with leftovers in tow.
A lot has changed for us since last Thanksgiving, and we have so much to be thankful for. I remember all the conversations with our families about what it would be like to travel nurse. It seemed so far away, and though we knew we should do it, it was hard to imagine what it would be like. Even as we drove out of Auburn, there were still so many unknowns. Yet just 10 weeks later, we were sitting around our table with friends who now feel like family. All of the questions we still had when we started this journey turned out to have beautiful answers. The people we’ve met, the things we’ve seen, the intimacy we’ve gained with the Lord – these are the blessings we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.